The Bowerman: Looking Back At The Fan Vote (2009-2018)

Like the athletes it honors, The Bowerman thrives thanks to fan support.

That’s why, since the inception of The Bowerman in 2009, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) opened a portion of the ballot to the fans. How could the fans NOT be involved in selecting which finalists they think should take home the iconic 35-pound award each and every December at the annual USTFCCCA Convention?

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The Bowerman Fan Vote counts for a small portion of the overall tally, which includes ballots cast by previous winners, national and regional media personnel, track & field statisticians, NCAA collegiate administrators and Presidents of affiliated organizations, among others.

So let’s go ahead and take a look back at The Bowerman Fan Vote over the years.

The Bowerman – Men’s Historical Fan Votes Results

Year
Name
Program
Total (%)
Margin (%)
2009
German Fernandez
Oklahoma State
41.7
9.1
2010
Ryan Whiting
Arizona
38.7
3.8
2011
Ngoni Makusha*
Florida State
42.1
14.7
2012
Cam Levins*
Southern Utah
48.0
7.4
2013
Julian Wruck
UCLA
40.6
2.0
2014
Deon Lendore*
Texas A&M
52.7
19.7
2015
Shawn Barber
Akron
45.7
11.5
2016
Jarrion Lawson*
Arkansas
39.9
1.2
2017
Fred Kerley
Texas A&M
40.8
2.0
2018
Grant Holloway
Florida
47.9
10.6

Since 2009, the men’s winner of The Bowerman Fan Vote has won collegiate track & field’s highest honor four times: Ngoni Makusha in 2011, Cam Levins in 2012, Deon Lendore in 2014 and Jarrion Lawson in 2016.

Speaking of Lendore, he still holds The Bowerman Fan Vote record for largest percentage of overall ballots with 52.7 percent. No other men have eclipsed the 50-percent threshold in The Bowerman Fan Vote history, but Levins’ fans tried valiantly in 2012 (48.0), as did those supporters of Grant Holloway last year (47.9).

The largest margin of victory in the Men’s Fan Vote belongs to Lendore with a 19.7-percent spread. That topped the previous best of 14.7 established by Makusha three years earlier.

The Bowerman – Women’s Historical Fan Vote Results

Year
Name
Program
Total (%)
Margin (%)
2009
Jenny Barringer*
Colorado
39.5
2.6
2010
Lisa Koll
Iowa State
53.4
10.5
2011
Jessica Beard*
Texas A&M
49.2
7.5
2012
Brianne Theisen
Oregon
65.7
41.5
2013
Kori Carter
Stanford
53.5
26.3
2014
Laura Roesler*
Oregon
41.7
7.6
2015
Demi Payne
Stephen F. Austin
55.3
31.1
2016
Keturah Orji
Georgia
44.8
9.2
2017
Raevyn Rogers*
Oregon
35.5
2.5
2018
Maggie Ewen
Arizona State
37.8
4.4

Since 2009, the women’s winner of The Bowerman Fan Vote has won collegiate track & field’s highest honor four times as well: Jenny Barringer in 2009, Jessica Beard in 2011, Laura Roesler in 2014 and Raevyn Rogers in 2017.

Topping the 50-percent barrier hasn’t been a problem on the women’s side as that metric has been breached four times. Brianne Theisen holds the all-time record of 65.7 percent, while Demi Payne hauled in 55.3 percent of votes in 2015. Kori Carter and Lisa Koll brought in 53.5 percent and 53.4 percent of the vote in 2013 and 2010, respectively.

Three women won the Fan Vote by more than a 25-percent margin: Theisen in 2012, Payne in 2015 and Carter in 2013. The widest margin of victory in the history of The Bowerman Fan Vote belongs to Theisen, who won by a staggering 41.5 percent seven years ago.

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